I’ve been investing in startups across the globe for the last 10 years and seen a lot of pitch decks that vary significantly in quality.
Particularly when you come from a ‘non-traditional background’ or are an entrepreneur in an emerging market it’s a source of differentiation to have a high quality deck for investors.
Here are a few of my favourite resources for entrepreneurs which are a mix of practical advice and inspiration:
- Sequoia Capital Biz Plan
- What investors actually spend time looking at in decks
- Startup pitch deck examples from successful companies (for inspiration)
- Long list of startup pitch decks
During your actual pitch I always like to learn about the ‘why’ of the founding story (authenticity and energy help a lot), and it also helps to be on top of all the important metrics and growth rates.
This tends to separate the good from the great founders during the fundraising process.